We report the first demonstrations of cw submilliwatt optical bistability in metallic mirror cavities containing water, alcohol and other solvents. Such thermal bistability is also reported for a hybrid dielectric/metallic cavity containing the nematic liquid crystal 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl (also known as PCB, 5CB or K15), illuminated by a low power diode laser. © 1987.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Mar 1987|